Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts

Since Ella has been in preschool 3 days a week this fall, we haven't had nearly as much time to do fun seasonal stuff like we did this past summer! But I've been really trying to get out some of my fall/Thanksgiving themed stuff for her to work on after her naps! 

Since Thanksgiving is only a week away (HOW?!), I thought I'd share a few fun things we've been working on!

Turkey Initial Sound Match Up

You can actually buy this game on Teachers Pay Teachers here...but I was too poor when I was teaching for that, so I made my own version! I used turkey cut-outs that I already had (these), and then used pictures from my Words Their Way books (here...scroll all the way to the end of the document!) and glued them on paper I had cut out in a feather shape. 

I used to have this at an independent center, so to keep things simple, I chose 4 letters (sounds that had already been introduced at this point in our kindergarten year) instead of the whole alphabet: S, P, M and D.

Pipe Cleaner Turkey

I can't believe I couldn't find anything like this on the whole internet! Its super easy.

You will need:
-Construction paper: brown, red, orange and yellow
-Pipe cleaner(s) (I only needed one)
-Tracers (optional)
-pencil, glue and scissors

First we traced and cut out all of the shapes we needed: 
-large circle for the body
-large circle again (cut in half for the wings)
-small circle for the head
-2 feet
-4 feathers

Glue the beak and wattle on the small circle. Draw it's eyes with a black marker.

Glue feathers and wings onto the back of the large circle.

Using a pencil, roll each pipe cleaner piece into a spiral.

And attach on head, body and feet!

We chose to spray a little water to make the colors run!

What's The Missing Letter? Game

This is another one I couldn't find anywhere on the internet! 
Just make copies of a corn template....put a letter on each husk, and then a correlating letter on the corn. For example: put A and C on the husk, and then put B on the corn. The kids' job is to figure out which piece of corn goes in the middle of the letters on the husks. 

Construction Paper Turkey

The most similar thing to this that I could find is this paper plate turkey. Pretty much the same thing here, except we cut out a large paper circle instead of using a paper plate!

And last but certainly not least, Pilgrim Hats!

For the bonnet, trace a large uni-boob (don't you think that's what it looks like?!) shape out of a large piece of construction paper (I taped 2 pieces of regular sized pieces of construction paper together).

Fold the bottom up about 2 inches. 

Staple in the back.

Punch holes on the corners and tie around your child's head!

For the boy's hat...

Trace a hat shape on a large piece of black construction paper (again, I taped 2 pieces of regular size construction paper together).

Trace a trapezoid shape onto a piece of white paper. Glue onto the hat shape.

Cut a black square, and glue on top of the white trapezoid.

Glue a square piece of aluminum foil onto the black square.

Using a long strip of black paper for the back, bribe your child to hold still by offering them lots of snacks while you measure their head. Probably wait to take it off of their head before you staple it together ;) 

And voila! A pilgrim hat that your toddler will not keep on their head! :)

Happy Thanksgiving crafting, friends!! 

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